Osama “Bleeding America to the Point of Bankruptcy” – not hard to do.

Interesting reading, the . Speaking directly to the amreican people, he declares al-Qaida’s goals, and the reasons behind them, quite clearly. Listen: “So we are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy, Allah willing, and nothing is too great for Allah.”

It won’t take that much help from Allah, and maybe only a little nudge from Osama to reach this goal. We have just kept an incumbent in office who is doing a fine job on his own.

While it is true that we must protect our citizens from random acts of violence, it would appear that the Bush administration is playing into al-Qaida’s hand. Bush said during the debates that he would ‘spend whatever it takes’ to defeat al-Qaida, and made no mention as to how he intends raise these funds – other than to increase the national debt. And the debt is crippling us.

Osama puts it nicely, pointing out how White House policy makes it appear as if al-Qaida and the Bush administration are working on the same team. And how easy it has been for them to “provoke and bait” this administration. “all we have to do is to send two mujahidin tothe furthest point east to raise a piece of cloth on which is written al-Qaida, in order to make the generals race there to cause America to suffer human, economic, and political losses …” I think here of the stories I see daily in the paper about the families of the Vermont National Guard stationed in Iraq, real human costs in this community. Of the political capital squandered on the internal conflict this war is causing us, when the real, pressing issues of health care, education, jobs are going untended.

Osama is being quite clear with us about his motivations, aims, and methods. We would do well to listen, learn something, and respond with well informed, considered action.

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